Chase Rezac gets the start on the mound for the Utes.
May 6, 2013
Utah's Chase Rezac (RHP) vs. BYU's Keaton Cenatiempo (RHP)
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah baseball team continues its series against BYU on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. MT in Spring Mobile Ballpark.
Utah will start Chase Rezac on the mound, while BYU will throw Keaton Cenatiempo.
"I'm excited to play at home again, and excited to get Chase Rezac and Bret Helton on the mound," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "We may shuffle the lineup a little bit, but it's an important game for us. We need to come out and play hard and do whatever we can to win this game."
Utah and BYU play four times this season. The series winner will receive three points in the Deseret First Duel rivalry series between the two schools. Utah holds a 25-19 lead with six points still up for grabs in baseball and softball. Although BYU can still tie the Utes in points, Utah holds the overall tiebreaker with a win in football.
Utah and BYU have each won one game of the four-game series so far. Utah won the first game on March 26, 5-4 in 10 innings. Utah led 1-0 most of the game after scoring a run in the fifth inning before BYU rallied in the top of the ninth to score four runs and take a 4-1 lead. The Utes came back to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, 4-4, before TJ Bennett hit a walk-off single in the 10th inning to score Dallas Carroll for the game-winning run. In game two on April 23, BYU jumped out to an early lead en route to a 9-3 win. The Cougars scored two runs in the first inning and four runs in the second inning in the loss.
Utah travels to BYU for the final game of the series on May 14.
The Utes are coming off a three-game series at ninth-ranked UCLA.
"There were some really bright spots, but coming up short on all three games is disappointing when we had chances to win all three," Kinneberg said. "Not getting that clutch hit or not making that clutch pitch hurts you in these kinds of games. When you are playing a team like UCLA that has great pitching and plays great defense, you have to capitalize. At the end of the day that's probably what hurt us the most."
BYU is 24-18 overall and 10-8 in the West Coast Conference.
The Utes travel to Washington this weekend for a three-game series, beginning on Friday, May 10.